Holly is a Senior Program Manager in the VS & .NET group at Microsoft, which creates tools and platforms for developers. Currently, she is collaborating with .NET Framework partners and customers to drive adoption of new .NET technologies. She has spent most of her career trying to make it easier for everyone to write code both in her work and by volunteering with organizations like IGNITE, teaching kids to code especially girls. She is co-chair of the DevDiv Women’s Leadership Council, chartered with building a community of women at Microsoft supporting each other. Holly is also a mom of three and cancer survivor. She hacks on Microsoft Small Basic when she has time. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or twitter.
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
There are two reasons that I support IGNITE. First, I believe IGNITE is great at showing girls that the stereotypes that surround Tech and what a software engineer is are not it. The paths to a career in Tech are many and the careers are varied, showing the girls that there’s a place for them. Secondly, the time I have spent with the girls has been inspirational and a source of personal growth.
FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, HOW HAS IGNITE HAD AN IMPACT ON GIRLS?
IGNITE provides the girls hope and confidence to explore technology in ways they never imagined possible. In showing the girls role models and providing support networks, IGNITE becomes the foundation on which girls can feel confident to venture into the unknown.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT IGNITE WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY?
IGNITE isn’t just striving to improve the lives of girls and be part of the solution to Tech’s diversity problem, but also provides opportunities for technology professionals to grow through connections with the next generation and new perspectives of the world.